Saturday, September 12, 2009

ODISSI DANCE



In India practically every state specialises in their own style of classical dancing. In the state where I live, we have Mohiniattam, Kathakali and Otamthullal. Unfortunately I could not attend these performances.

What I am going to show case today is Odissi dance which originated in Orissa state, in eastern India. Rukmani Sahoo and her team performed for Onam celebrations.


It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis, and upon the basic square stance known as chauka.





24 comments:

Brian Miller said...

great pictures joseph. love the culture. my wife was a ballerina for 18 years...so graceful. love to watch the dancers get lost in their movements. thanksw for sharing!

robert said...

Dance - when feet are thinking that they are the head.
Thank you for sharing this dance. A Sunday filled with nice movement to you.

Creativity!! said...

Fantastic Pictures Sir :D :)Thanks A Lot For Sharing :D :)

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Wonderful picture Joseph as always,
It makes feel very happy hapy to see them, your post are always a joy to read.

Have a good day.

Yvonne.

Valerie said...

Joseph, there is so much grace and elegance in the way the movements are performed. I guess they have their own meaning, tell their own section of a story, unknown to me of course.

:: flyingstars :: said...

lovely photos & reading about this form of dance...just beautiful!

babYpose said...

The dancers are amazing to make the steps sychronized. They are beautiful and feminine. You took me to travel your world, thank you.

Rain said...

Hi Joseph!!! Thanks for posting those photos! The women, clothes and the dance looks beautiful!

A New Beginning said...

Isnt our country just beautiful, with the kind of diversity it has been blessed with, and we as citizens feel blessed to be a part of it:)
Thanks for the beautiful pics:) Have a great week ahead!

Amrita said...

I just love our Indian dance forms.Each state and region has its own speciality almost like our cuisine and dresses.

You were so fortunate to attend a live performance.There a lot going on here at the cultural center and other places but I don 't have anyone to go with.

Beautiful photos and description too.

SINCERITY said...

What a lovely post! :) India is such a different world to me and I love the insight you provide by sharing your experiences with all of us blog readers. God bless!

Mitr - Friend said...

Actually I've been trying to get a odissi 'ottiyanam' - waist ornament... Still searching...!!! :(
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Margaret Cloud said...

Very nice costumes, the pictures were very nice, I enjoyed them very much. Thank you for sharing and telling us about the dance.

Rajesh said...

Very lovely pictures. I love these performances.

msatheeshkumar said...

Gracias Joseph ji!!! Soul stirrng Dance performance it seems. Yeah Odissi...heard of it,but never seen any performance till now...I have heard about Mohiniattam and Kathakali,the two famous classical dance forms of Kerala, and now for the first time I'm hearing of one more classical dance of Kerala i.e. Otamthullal. Every dance form has its own importance. Must make a visit to such performances if I get a chance.And esp I've to see Onam celebrations...Must be delighting and enthralling. Ur post is much informative. Great to know all these. Thanks a lot for such a Nice post. Have a Wonderful Day......

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Sachin Sansarkar:)

Greetings:)

Although I okayed your comment it is lost somewhere. I went back several blogs to find out but without success. Hence I could not read your full comment and I am not able to reach you. I think blogger has played some mischief. I am so sorry about this. Perhaps you can post your comment again so that I can reach you.

Have a nice day Sachin:)
Joseph

amatamari© said...

Oh how beautiful this series of photos: you gifts emotion and culture!

Thanks!

Mark in Spokane said...

What amazing pictures, Joseph. The culture of your homeland is so rich and interesting.

Thanks for posting the photos!

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Trudy said...

Hello dear Joseph. What fabulous pictures..the outfits are grand too. I love dance and would have loved to have been able to see this one also. I think dance is such a beautiful way of expressing oneself.

God bless you richly Joseph!

Hugs,
Trudy

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic picture !!I loved this post..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Rema said...

I too love this traditional dance. Last year I had a chance to witness this dance in Finance Hall in the Surya Festival Organised by Bank Association. I thoroughly enjoyed 3 days programme. The photos are lovely. Thanks for the treat.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rema:)

Actually there were programs in three places--marine drive, children's park and durbal hall grounds. I did not know where to go. Finally, I went to the durbar hall grounds. There were so many variety of programs. But rain messed it all up. I missed many programs.

Rain and Onam comes together:)

Have a good day Rema:)
Joseph